Another layout ‘how to’ from Dave

“Hi Al , Just posted this HOW TO video, showing how to add lighting to buildings with cheap strip LED lights , also a few new Neon signs added , and Tonys Night Club in Full swing at 15.45 min. ..its a bit of a longer video but a few tips in there .



“Hi Al,

Here is a photo of a Bachmann 14 ton tank wagon plus a platelyers hut, which I assembled from a kit.

The kit just had a printed corrugated iron roof, so I brought some corrugated cardboard from a craft discount store, and made a new roof for it.


model train

Thanks to Dave and Paul. I have no idea where Dave finds all the time for his layout – but I’m thankful he does.

In my last missive I showed you the most viewed layout of this year. It was no surprise. But the second most viewed post is.

It might strike you as a novelty layout, but no, have a closer look. It’s superb. It’s here.

That’s all this time folks – unless you want to grab the Beginners Guide and get going.

Please do keep ’em coming. Submissions have gone awfully quiet (just hit reply to any of my mails) – but I guess it’s because it’s that time of year again.

At least the ebay cheat sheet prospers when it’s like this. Have a look and you’ll see what I mean.



17 Responses to Another layout ‘how to’ from Dave

  1. Jod Wright says:

    Absolutely fabulous layout! Your use of LED lights is unbelievable. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this.

  2. Bob Cassidy says:

    All i can say about Dave’s layout…………..FANTASTIC!

  3. dale lux says:

    Every time I get to the point where I just can’t go any further on my layout(after 4 plus years of work) I open your web site and realize why I love this hobby so much!
    For a beginner I started with too big a project! 3 levels..13 sidings and a 6-7 train operation…after going thru a cancer operation this year I just don’t have the energy to put the time into the layout. But when I see what you are doing I am made to realize that this is more than a hobby! It’s an outlet form my creative juices! It’s a way to spend my retirement years with something that I truly love doing! THANK You1

  4. eric7 says:

    Well done Dave a great informative video, at least with all the lights you don’t need a Christmas Tree in the house. Happy Christmas.

    Eric (Leeds).

  5. Frederick says:

    Whilst watching the soldering I was admiring the timber surround and soldering shelf which looked quite useful and simple to make, and with a few strategically place pins can hold wires in place whilst applying solder, without burning the desk or cooling the wire with a metal clamp. Good video Dave.

  6. Michael Lane says:

    I always look forward to seeing Dave and other subscribing enthusiasts tips, photographs and videos, but I do wonder how Dave manages to find time, not only to build and run trains on his magnificent layout, but to take videos too?
    So, well done and keep the videos coming Dave and by the way, I would like to see a shot of the control panel and layout plan, when you have a spare minute or two!.

  7. Dave Whatley says:

    WzDave , you’re lighting job looks really great. I am doing the same thing with my setup . Thanks Dave in Savannah, Ga. USA

  8. Jan Macdonald says:

    You are all just so talented – thanks for sharing your wonderful layouts they are truly inspirational

  9. David Wright says:

    Hi Alastair,
    I really enjoy all these emails and tips, I think one reason you are down on submissions is because you had put some restrictions on submitals etc. a few months ago. Probably cut down on your incoming emails. In any case, I think your work has great value and has picked me up when I’ve felt like walking away from my layout. I live on the opposite side of the planet from you, but feel like we are neighbors. (Oregon, USA) thanks, David

  10. Darrin says:

    Looks good Dave Tony’s looks like a good Place. The LED light hints are Great
    Merry christmas

  11. Darrin Peterson says:

    Looks great lets all meet at tony’s LED hint sure help out

  12. paul Otway says:

    thanks guys for your feedback.

    Paul from down under.

  13. david howarth says:

    Thank you All for comments …Good tip there Paul …All the best to you All for Xmas and the New Year …hope to have a Xmas Video out soon ….Dangerous Dave

  14. Lynn Taubeneck says:

    Dave, Do you give tours of your layout? I am through the UK many times with down time to spare. Would love to have a visit. Anyhow, great tips on the lights. I am not much of an electrician and anything concerning electrical and wiring is a great help.

  15. Lynn Taubeneck says:

    Enjoyed the tank car tip. I don’t do many models but have been seriously considering kit bashing to get exactly what I want for my layout. Thank you for the tip.

  16. Ross Johnston says:

    Thanks Dave and paul for your tips and videos and photos. I really enjoy them and try to formulate my layout I’ll be building in the new year. Cheers Rossco Adelaide, South Australia

  17. Ken Stramel says:

    You have come a long way with your layout. It really looks super. If I get one tenth that far I’ll really be happy. Keep the videos coming.

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